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Family Australia 2018


9 Days from $7,995

Limited to 24 guests

Set off on an epic Aussie adventure, experiencing surf lessons at Bondi Beach, a visit to the Outback’s mystical Uluru and snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef.

A&K Advantages

Meet with platypuses, koalas, kangaroos and other extraordinary Australian wildlife on a guided tour of Sydney's Taronga Zoo

Learn to surf with the whole family at Bondi Beach, then embark on an exciting jet-boat adventure in stunning Sydney Harbour

Explore the Outback and Kata Tjuta National Park, discovering mysterious Uluru and meandering through sand dunes on a camel-back ride

Snorkel and swim with a spectacular array of marine life during a full day along the Great Barrier Reef

Learn about Aussie arts firsthand when you join expert indigenous guides for a painting class and didgeridoo lessons

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Sydney, Australia
Day 2
Sydney | Wild Things in Harbour City
Day 3
Sydney | Surf Lessons & Jet-Boat Thrills
Day 4
Uluru | Sacred Rock of the Aborigines
Day 5
Kata Tjuta | Camel Ride Through the Desert
Day 6
Uluru | Aussie Music Making & Family Chef Time
Day 7
Port Douglas | Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
Day 8
Daintree Rainforest | Aboriginal Walkabout
Day 9
Depart Port Douglas
Day 1
Arrive Sydney, Australia

Arrive in cosmopolitan Sydney, where you are met and transferred to your hotel next to the city’s historic Rocks area. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Dinner
Day 2
Sydney | Wild Things in Harbour City

Ride Like a Local when you venture to the hillside Taronga Zoo by ferry and sky safari cable car, enjoying breathtaking views en route of Sydney’s glimmering harbor. An expert guide leads you to exhibits of kangaroos, koalas, dingoes and impressive Australian birds. Explore on your own, perhaps checking out condors and barking owls. Later, enjoy a tour of this exciting city, discovering sights that include the Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Garden, Hyde Park and Chinatown.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Sydney | Surf Lessons & Jet-Boat Thrills

Head out for a day of surf, sand and sun at Bondi Beach, home of the famous Bondi Beach Lifesavers. Aussie surfers carve up sandbar breaks in the distance, while your family hits the waves for a private group surf lesson. After a beachside lunch, transfer to Circular Quay’s Eastern Pontoon for a thrilling jet-boat tour. Cruise Sydney Harbour, experiencing fun fishtails and spins while taking in sights that include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the tallest steel arch bridges in the world. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner together with the new friends you’ve made at a local restaurant.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Uluru | Sacred Rock of the Aborigines

Fly to central Australia’s vast Outback and transfer to your accommodations near Uluru (Ayers Rock), a 600-million-year-old sandstone monolith held sacred by Australia’s Aboriginal people. After some time at leisure at your hotel, and perhaps a swim at the pool, set out for a tour of Uluru with your Resident Tour Director, who shares stories of the monolith’s legendary powers. Stop to enjoy tasty canapés, soft drinks and sparkling wine from a prime location, where you watch the sun set on the mystical monolith, its distinct red coloration aglow in the low light of day. Return to your hotel for dinner.

Sails in the Desert
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Kata Tjuta | Camel Ride Through the Desert

Rise early for an adventure through the desert landscape of Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park, where you see its gorgeous stone domes known as the Olgas. After lunch at leisure, join indigenous artists for a dot-painting workshop, during which you make your own souvenirs to bring home. Tonight’s sunset may prove to be the most memorable yet; climb aboard a camel for a ride through the Kata Tjuta’s beautiful red sand dunes, with inspiring Uluru in the distance. Later, enjoy a tasting of local Outback foods, such as freshly baked damper (bread).

Sails in the Desert
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Meals: Breakfast
Day 6
Uluru | Aussie Music Making & Family Chef Time

This morning, a local guide teaches you to play the didgeridoo, a wind instrument first played by Australia’s indigenous peoples an estimated 40,000 years ago and known for its haunting sounds. Next, partake in an A&K Family Foodie Experience, enjoying a cooking lesson with local chefs, and then feasting on the dishes you prepare. Later, fly to Cairns. A drive along the beautiful South Pacific coast takes you to Port Douglas, where you check in to your beachfront hotel.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Port Douglas | Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

Today, set sail for a full day of snorkeling in the gentle Low Isles of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Explore a dazzling array of fish and coral, including tiny clown fish and striking blue surgeonfish, and learn about the history and future of this fragile marine environment. Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch as well as morning and afternoon teas. Return to your hotel, where tonight brings more family fun with an Outback Aussie dinner.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Daintree Rainforest | Aboriginal Walkabout

Travel to the brilliantly green Daintree Rainforest, where a member of the Kuku Yalanji people invites your family on an Aboriginal walkabout. Tour the tribe’s ancestral country around Daintree: walk through rainforest and coastal habitats, learn about ancient traditions and medicines derived from nature, sample some authentic bush tucker and practice spear throwing. Tonight, celebrate your epic adventure through Australia with a special farewell dinner.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Depart Port Douglas

This morning, transfer to the Cairns airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Jun 22 - Jun 30
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    $7,995
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    $2,395
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    $875
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    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Jul 13 - Jul 21
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    $7,995
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    $2,395
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    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Aug 03 - Aug 11
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    $7,995
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    $2,395
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    $875
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  • Dec 18 - Dec 26
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    $8,495
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    $2,595
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    $875
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  • Dec 24 - Jan 01
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    $8,795
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    $2,595
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    $875
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    Please enter a group size 1-10.
Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $875 (Sydney/Uluru/Cairns)

Minimum age is 6 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Children 17 and under save $500.


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